Well, today was a special day. The space shuttle Endeavour passed over my area en route to Los Angeles. No, while I didn’t get a chance to spot it outside,( I had my camera and I was ready!) I had to watch it on TV. Man, was it exciting for a space fan like me! There were people as far away as Norway that flocked to L.A. just to watch it. I would have joined them, but I had an appointment. I hope that you were able to watch on your local news programs even it was a re-broadcast. I will miss the launches. I will miss the landings. The one thing that I won’t miss is the loud sonic double boom as it passed overhead. You see, Edwards air force base is not that far from me, and its backup landing spot. I remember one night about 2 o’clock in the morning, and the loud boom woke me up from a sound sleep! For people like myself who live in an active earthquake region, we didn’t know what it was! Not to mention all the car alarms it used to set off. I hope that I can paint a picture here of what it was like for those of you that have never seen, or heard it up close. The only other recent time I can remember a huge aircraft passing overhead is when President Reagan died. The plane that carried his body from Simi Valley to Washington flew over my house, and man was that a sight! So, when the orbiter gets settled in at its new home at the California Science Center, I hope to go there and take pictures. Oh, don’t worry, I plan to share them with you. This will probably be after the first of the year, when all the large crowds disappear. If they ever do. Anyway, it was a good day to be an American, and to share a piece of history. I only wonder what’s next for NASA? Good thing I have and watch the NASA channel. Have you ever watched a space shuttle launch or landing? Or, were you one of the many people who live in L.A. and were able to see it? Please leave me a comment and share the details! For those of you that missed it, or your area doesn’t receive L.A. news, a good place to find great videos of the landing is on Youtube. I found some people who did a good job of recording it! Check it out!
The L.A. City council has ordered that 400 trees will be cut down to make way for the space shuttle Endeavour. The orbiter, which has logged over 123 million miles, will go from L.A.X. to the California Science center. The trees will be sacrificed in so that the wings will fit during the 12 mile ride. I love the space shuttle and I am a big space nut, but don’t you think they could have found a different route or way to do this without killing and removing the trees? I am on the side of the trees. NASA says it will be too much trouble to remove the wings. Do you think this will be worth all the trouble to get Endeavour where it has to go? I guess nobody has the power to stop the removal of the trees. I can’t believe this is going to happen despite all the people against it. What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments?